Saturday, November 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #94


I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

I made it through the week and now I am officially on vacation!  I can't even describe how happy I am to get some time off from work.  I hope to get a whole lot of reading done in the upcoming week and get a bit ahead with the blog.  I do apologize for falling behind yet again this week and I promise that you will see me around more this week. 

Books for Review
Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner (NetGalley)
The Cowboy Who Came Calling by Linda Broday (NetGalley)
The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost (Audiobook Jukebox)

I am really excited about all three of these books.  Unsub was such a great book so I cannot wait to dive into the second book in the series Into the Black Nowhere.  I am also excited to read Broday's upcoming release The Cowboy Came Calling.  The Brightest Embers will be my next listen and I am looking forward to seeing how the trilogy wraps up.

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant (St. Martin's Press)
So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks (St. Martin's Press)

I received a surprise package in the mail on Monday from SMP Romance.  I do remember filling out a form now that I think about it but it really did feel like Christmas opening up the package.  One of the books was wrapped up in paper like a gift.  I really should have taken a photo of it but I didn't think and tore into it as soon as I saw it.  I have already read So I Married a Sorcerer and loved it so I am happy to have a print copy and I am looking forward to reading The Christmas Cowboy Hero this week while I am off work.

Books Won

Sinless by Lynne Connolly (Goodreads Giveaway)
Up for Heir by Ruth Cardello (Goodreads Giveaway)

I was able to add a couple of romances to my kindle shelves thanks to Goodreads giveaways this week.  I haven't read either of these authors but am ready to give both of these books a try.

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Review - Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck by Molly Harper @mollyharperauth @Pocket_Books

Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck by Molly Harper
Series: Southern Eclectic 0.5
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: October 16, 2017
Date Read: October 30, 2017
Length:  136 pages
Source: Won - Goodreads Giveaway
★★★★☆
Molly Harper brings her signature “clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists” (Booklist) to the charming small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia with the new Southern Eclectic series.

Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can—with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought.

Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends—without a real shot at a future or achieving her own dreams—Marianne panicked and bolted to college after stomping Carl’s heart into the high grass. But when she returns to Lake Sackett for the summer with her family after years away, she and Carl are drawn together like moths to a flame. As they rekindle their old romance and remember what it was like to be in love, they have to wonder: is this, finally, their real chance at happiness?

Perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Amy E. Reichert, this warmhearted and witty love story introduces Molly Harper’s new Southern Eclectic series set in the small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia. This story about second chances proves that “Molly Harper never lets the reader down with her delightfully entertaining stories. Humor, emotions, and romance are cleverly matched, and her likable characters are most appealing” (SingleTitles).

My Review

I didn't want this story to end!  I was really excited to get my hands on this prequel novella to Molly Harper's Southern Eclectic series.  The fact that I won this title in a Goodreads giveaway made it even a little nicer.  I listened to the audiobook of another of Molly Harper's books earlier this year and really enjoyed it so I was really eager to give this new series a try.  This turned out to be a very enjoyable read.

This really felt like Marianne's story to me.  Yes, there is some romance between Marianne and Carl but this was Marianne's tale.  Marianne left the small town she grew up in when she went to college because she was looking for something more.  She found what she thought she wanted and has a life she likes and what she thinks she needs as she comes home for a little while before going to law school.

Marianne has a large and colorful family and they all live by each other.  Some of her family works in the funeral industry and Marianne is there to help out since she is home for a while.  She ends up putting some of her negotiation skills to use pretty quickly when a family can't decide how to handle a loved one's final wishes.  It was fun to watch Marianne try to find her spot in her family and their business.

When Marianne left the small town, she left Carl.  It is pretty obvious right away that Carl and Marianne are still very attracted to each other.  They have a lot of unresolved issues to work through since their break up was pretty rough but I thought that they really seemed to fit with each other.

I would recommend this book to others.  I will say that just as the romance started to get going the book ended.  I guess the idea behind a prequel novella is to make readers want to start reading the series and I can say that this novella accomplished that goal because I do want to find out what happens next.  Anyone who enjoys a fun romantic story filled with humor and great characters will enjoy this one.  I can't wait to read more from Molly Harper soon!

I won a kindle copy of this book from a giveaway on Goodreads.
About the Author

Molly Harper is the author of the popular series of paranormal romances set in the small Kentucky town of Half-Moon Hollow. She also writes the Bluegrass series of contemporary ebook romances, most recently Snow Falling on Bluegrass. A former humor columnist and newspaper reporter, she lives in Kentucky with her family. Visit her on the web at MollyHarper.com.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review - Paradox Bound by Peter Clines @PeterClines @CrownPublishing

Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Date Read: November 14, 2017
Length: 384 pages
Source: Blogging for Books
★★★★☆
An ingenious, irresistible new time-travel thriller from the author of The Fold and the Ex-Heroes series

Eli’s willing to admit it: he’s a little obsessed with the mysterious woman he met years ago. Okay, maybe a lot obsessed. But come on, how often do you meet someone who’s driving a hundred-year-old car, clad in Revolutionary-War era clothes, wielding an oddly modified flintlock rifle—someone who pauses just long enough to reveal strange things about you and your world before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires?

So when the traveler finally reappears in his life, Eli is determined that this time he’s not going to let her go without getting some answers. But his determination soon leads him into a strange, dangerous world and a chase not just across the country but through a hundred years of history—with nothing less than America’s past, present, and future at stake.
My Review

This book was seriously fun!  I knew that I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw it described as a time-travel thriller.  I was completely entertained by the story from the first page.  When I wasn't actually reading the book, I was thinking about how this kind of time travel would work.  I am so glad that I made the decision to read this exciting story.

This book is told from Eli's point of view.  We first meet Eli as a child and see him as he first encounters Harry.  As a teenager, he comes across this same individual with her Model A Ford once again.  After their third meet when Eli is an adult, he decides to find Harry so that he can warn her that she may be in danger.  That is when Eli's life take a dramatic turn as he learns about people traveling through history.

I loved the time travel, or history travel, described in this book.  There are two groups of people traveling through time.  One group is searching for the American Dream while the other group is trying to stop them.  The skip through time just by finding specific slick spots in the road that lead to a specific time period.  Some towns are stuck in time while others have slick spots leading to many periods.  The faceless men were also very interesting.  The whole idea of their certainty gave me something to ponder as I went through my day.  Who need eyes, a nose, a mouth, or a face when you have certainty?  I was very glad that we were able to get a bit of perspective from this unique group.

The biggest strength of this book was that it was just a lot of fun.  There were a lot of exciting scenes and enough mystery to keep me guessing.  I thought that the whole concept of the story was well thought out and incredibly original.  I also really appreciated the fact that the characters didn't get sidetracked with romance.   Eli and Harry are simply working together to find the lost Dream.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I found this to be a really fun and exciting read filled with great characters.  This is the kind of story that almost feels like it should be made into a movie or television show. I look forward to reading more from Peter Clines soon.

I received a review copy of this book from Crown Publishing via Blogging for Books and NetGalley.
About the Author

PETER CLINES has published several pieces of short fiction and countless articles on the film and television industries. He is the author of the Ex-Heroes series, 14, and The Fold. He lives in Southern California.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review - Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang @ruthemmielang @StMartinsPress

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Date Read: November 11, 2017
Length: 352 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
Through the story of Weylyn Grey, Lang weaves a mystical tale about life, love, and the ability each of us has to change our own story.

Finding magic in the ordinary.

Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird.

There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary’s front door.

In this warm debut novel, Ruth Emmie Lang teaches us about adventure and love in a beautifully written story full of nature and wonder.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014705-does-this-beach-make-me-look-fat
My Review

This was such a magical story.  I don't read a whole lot of magical realism but it seems that I love them when I do read them.  I am not sure that this book would work for every reader since there are a whole lot of strange occurrences but it worked well for me and I am so happy that I decided to pick it up.

This book tells the story of Weylyn Grey.  We don't learn his story from Weylyn.  Instead, we learn about him in different points in time from others that are close to him.  We see Weylyn as others see him and learn all of the incredible things that play a part in his life.   Each section of the book shares a very vivid snapshot of this wonderful character.

Weylyn lives a life unlike anyone else.   He is different in a lot of ways.  He has a certain innocence throughout the book and it is hard not to fall in love with him.  I also really liked the characters in the story that shared Weylyn's story.  These characters grew and changed over the course of the book and seemed to be positively changed through their association with Weylyn.

There is a bit of magic on nearly every page of this charming story.  This was a strange book in a lot of ways but it was strange in the best way possible.  There are so many strange things associated with Weylyn and his life that I never knew what to expect.  I quickly learned not to even try to guess what Weylyn would do next and just sat back and enjoyed the journey. 

I would highly recommend this book to fans of magical realism.  I found this book to be a wonderful story filled with magic.  I am very impressed by Ruth Emmie Lang's debut novel and can't wait to read more of her work in the future.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley.
About the Author

Ruth Emmie Lang was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has the red hair to prove it. When she was four years old, she immigrated to Ohio where she has lived for the last 27 years. She has since lost her Scottish accent, but still has the hair. Ruth currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and dreams of someday owning a little house in the woods where she can write more books. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is her first novel.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Releases - November 14, 2017 #newreleases #newbooks


It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:


Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn’t stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell. Stories about a boy who lives with wolves, great storms that evaporate into thin air, fireflies that make phosphorescent honey, and a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it.

There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary’s front door.

In this warm debut novel, Ruth Emmie Lang teaches us about adventure and love in a beautifully written story full of nature and wonder.


Artemis by Andy Weir

Find it at:
Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
In the latest Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Better Late Than Never, the library's big fund-raiser leaves director Lindsey Norris booked for trouble . . .

Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library's annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover's dream--it's the library's biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable.

Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library's newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library.

The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive--but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive's dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she's not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula's future . . .

Oathbringer by Jill Brandon Sanderson

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
The eagerly awaited sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Words of Radiance, from an epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson at the top of his game.

In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar's blood-soaked past and stand together--and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past--even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34368113-end-game?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35841771-defiant-queen?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33517539-american-drifter?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34616646-twisted-truths?ac=1&from_search=true

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Spotlight Tour - Christmas in a Cowboy's Arms #Excerpt #Giveaway @SourcebooksCasa

Christmas in a Cowboy's Arms by Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Anna Sandas
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Length:  512 pages
The Beating Heart of Christmas

Whether it’s a lonely spinster finding passion at last…an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman reaffirming the love that keeps him whole…a lost and broken drifter discovering family in unlikely places…a Texas Ranger risking it all for one remarkable woman…two lovers bringing together a family ripped apart by prejudice…or reunited lovers given a second chance to correct past mistakes…a Christmas spent in a cowboy’s arms is full of hope, laughter, and—most of all—love.

The six authors participating in this anthology are: USA Today bestseller Leigh Greenwood, USA Today bestseller Rosanne Bittner, New York Times bestseller Linda Broday, RITA finalist Anna Schmidt, New York Times bestseller Margaret Brownley, and USA Today bestseller Amy Sandas.
Excerpt


Connect with the Authors
Leigh Greenwood: Website | Goodreads
Rosanne Bittner: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
Linda Broday: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
Margaret Brownley: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
Anna Schmidt: Website | Goodreads | Pinterest
Amy Sandas: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #93


I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

Yay!  I finally got the quieter week that I have really been wanting.  I went to work everyday and then was able to come home and stay home.  I still didn't get as much reading done as I would have liked and fell behind with the blog a bit.  We did find out that my daughter earned a seat in the All-Suburban honor band so that was pretty exciting.

Books for Review
Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne (NetGalley)

I grabbed this one as soon as I saw Lauren Layne's name on the cover.  I am not a huge fan of wedding themes but I enjoyed the first in the series and trust Layne.

Books Purchased
The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden (Kindle Freebie)
The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May (Kindle Purchase)
Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame (Kindle Freebie)
You and Only You by Sharon Sala (Kindle Freebie)

I can't pass up a freebie or a deal.  I only paid for one of these books and it was on sale for $1.99.  I now have the first and third books in The Falconer Series.  Hopefully, I can catch book 2 on sale soon.

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!
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